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Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, Gladys Tablescape

It's seems impossible, but it has been a year since Gladys' last birthday. And who is Gladys, you ask? She is one of my (many) dachshunds. As most of you know, my family celebrates "doggy" birthdays twice a year. [See last year's formal dinner at]   To find reliable homes, we all took siblings from a rescued pregnant dachshund. (I then took Mom, Dad, and Auntie, too.)  And the following year, I took three siblings puppies from another dachshund. Anyway, dishes and dachshunds are my passions. I have a houseful.......(needless to say, my doxies are all spayed/neutered so I will not have any "grandchildren.")

This year, "Aunt" Pat wanted to set a casual table with lots of color to match the tablecloth that she made for me. Here's what she came up with:
Over view of the table

The place setting

Pat chose simple, sleek stainless steel flatware - "Image" by Spode

A dinner party to celebrate chunky dachshunds calls for a chunky style water and wine glass

Pat used the "doggy collar" style napkin ring for the place card holder

First layer of the place setting is a Sunshine Fiesta luncheon plate

The next layer is a red "Fun Factory" Waechtersbach dinner plate

Pat used these brown lacquer chargers to hold it all

Coordinating yellow and red candles flank the flower arrangement

What could be more appropriate than fire hydrant salt and pepper shakers?

The candle holder is made from doggy bones hot glued around a small dog food can

Notice the heart shaped hole in the name tag?

Pat made the flower arrangement from white, yellow and red flowers to match the color scheme

Close up of the tablecloth - it actually has a light yellow background

One last look from the other end of the table - you can see the bone shaped runner down the center
Happy Birthday, Gladys!

Where it came from:
Tablecloth - Handmade by Pat
Brown Charger - Michael's (inexpensive ones on sale and then spray painted brown)
Red Dinner Plate - Fun Factory by Waechtersbach from Replacements
Luncheon/Bread & Butter Plates - Sunflower Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Macy's and Replacements
Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Napkin Rings - Pier 1 several years ago
Flatware - "Image" by Spode from Tuesday Morning
Red Glassware - from the Emporium (a great locally owned store in Ferndale, CA)
Wine Glasses - "Entertain" from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Candles - Michael's
Tall Candle Holders - from Kohl's

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let Dish" Wednesday night:


  1. I love your doggie birthday table (many happy returns, Gladys!). The dog collar napkin rings are so clever, and Pat's tablecloth is great! I am also setting a dog-themed table this week, only mine is in celebration of our Dalmatians ( and honorary Dalmatians!) past and present. I chose the 28th for our "Dalmatian Appreciation Day" since that was the birthday of the only Dalmatian whose date of birth was known to us. Maybe the last week in August should become Doggie Tablescaping Week!

  2. This is just so cute! I have birthday party tables for my kitty!!

  3. CUTE, CUTE! I love the tablecloth and wish I had seen this fabric. Your idea to celebrate dog birthdays is wonderful. I plan on celebrating Ranger's first birthday in November, collie pup. The cute napkin rings and the treats surrounding the candle is put on my list of ideas. Thanks for sharing this table for I am still smiling!


  4. Okay, this is officially the most fun and only dog tablescape I have ever seen!! The collar napkin rings and chew bones candle holders are super creative, as well as the table runners! Holy woof woof!
    Loved it!

  5. Happy birthday Gladys! This is hilarious and wonderful. We celebrate our Nellie's birthday but not with such elaborate detail! I just love it! Linda

  6. This is so cute! happy birthday to Gladys! lucky dog!...Christine

  7. I would say this table has certainly gone to the dogs.. but in all the best ways!! Happy BD Gladys, what a lucky furbaby she is. The bone candleholders are just fun, doggie collar napkin rings! Oh gosh, It's wonderful. xo marlis

  8. Happy Birthday, Gladys! This has to be the cutest, most clever table I've seen. Darling details!

  9. So Dog Gone Cute! Love those napkin rings and bone candleholders! My girls would love to come sit and stay :)

  10. Wonderful! Your details are the napkin rings.

  11. That's so cute! Where ever did Aunt Pat find the fabric for the table cloth. Everything is so thought through, down to the last detail.
    I know someone who would LOVE this. Gonna see if I can adapt it with dishes I have.

  12. Adorable! The cloth, the candle "rings", napkin rings, so very clever!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  13. This table is fabulous for a doggie birthday and so much fun, very creative and you are so talented! Gladis probably had a ball! I celebrated Ben's birthday too, our pug who died 3 years ago and I miss him so! You are so clever to have thought of all the cutest doggie elements for this amazing setting! Big hugs,

  14. Just came from Let's Dish where you are featured! Congrats!


  15. This is just the cutest thing! I love dogs so I love it all. The napkin rings and the bone candle holders are really adorable. Great job! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin